OBAN REVISITED SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER 2019 - WALK THE ISLAND OF KERRERA - 16 MILES CIRCULAR HIKE (starting 10.15 am Oban Tourist Information Shop for 11.05 am ferry from Gallanach to Kerrera).
Kerrera is an island directly visible from Oban Bay, although it’s merely the northern tip that can be seen. Kerrera is in fact quite a large island and can be compared with Scarba, Seil and Luing. It is scarcely populated; the current population is around 35 people, in the early 1800s it was around 200. To access Kerrera we will walk a couple of miles south to Gallenach where a ferry crosses the two hundred or so metres of the Sound of Kerrera between the Scottish mainland and the island itself (£3.20 return).
We will walk both the north and south parts of the island, providing a good hike (including the walk to the small ferry terminal at Gallenach) of 16 miles in total on tracks (boggy at times), some grassy paths(often wet) and the occasional pathless section (again often wet).
South Section - Gylen Castle circuit, Isle of Kerrera
This superb circuit explores the southern half of the beautiful Isle of Kerrera. Easily reached by a short ferry ride from just south of Oban, the walk has fine views out to other islands and visits the well-preserved and wonderfully atmospheric remains of Gylen Castle.
North Section - Hutcheson's Monument circuit, Isle of Kerrera
Visitors to Oban can't help but notice the massive obelisk monument at the north end of the isle of Kerrera, guarding the entrance to the harbour. This walk is a circuit of the northern half of Kerrera and includes a visit to the monument with its fine views.
Legal Disclaimer - as usual all attendees participate at their own volition and there is no implied or express responsibility on the walk organiser; we will as a group be collectively responsible for the group and the individuals therein.